The starters are expected to play at least the first half, and possibly longer depending on what Coach Mike Tomlin sees out of them.
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“I want to see them execute,” said Tomlin of the starting offense, who have only played five series so far in the preseason. “That’s always the case, but particularly in this third game, they are going to work at least a half. I expect to see a quality half of football.”
Linebacker Chris Carter will start his third preseason game at outside linebacker in place of James Harrison, who is still on the physically unable to perform list and won’t play against the Bills.
Tomlin said there are still some decisions to be made about how much playing time some players coming off injuries will get against the Bills, but four players have definitely been ruled out. Running backs
Rashard Mendenhall and Jason Ford along with Harrison and fellow linebacker Stevenson Sylvester will be out of action as they won’t even make the trip to Buffalo.
“Other than that, I like to keep the door open at this time of year for all potential participants,” said Tomlin. “Obviously some have better chances than others. Casey Hampton just came off the PUP list. Even though he is traveling, he is probably not going to play. Most of the other situations we will play by ear and see what will happen as we get close to game time.”
The quarterback rotation has not been finalized after
Ben Roethlisberger starting, but Tomlin did say that Jerrod Johnson will not play this week. Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich both sat out a week of the preseason as well.
Tomlin Updates on 3rd preseason game